In August 2011, the General Services Administration (GSA) launched the National Deep Energy Retrofit Program to use 30-35 buildings across the country as demonstration projects for deep energy savings delivered through energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs). RMI partnered with the GSA, the Department of Energy (DOE) and The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to bring together all 16 pre-qualified energy service companies (ESCO) to brainstorm the barriers and solutions to achieving innovative, broadly applicable deep retrofits and strive towards bringing federal buildings to net zero energy. RMI hosted two charrettes with that objective, the first in Boulder in October 2011 and the second in Washington, DC in March 2013.
Over the past two years, the GSA has awarded contracts on the initial round of projects. RMI is hosting a third workshop in Golden, Colorado in April 2014 to build upon the lessons learned from these engagements and other experience to further "raise the bar" on energy savings, create opportunities for open discussion, and continue to solve process issues that hinder progress towards unprecedented savings in federal buildings.
Read the charrette reports: